The Love of Reading, My Early Years

November 17, 2011 books 7

I have always loved books, some of my earliest memories are of reading and discovering new books.  I believe my mom read to me a lot when I was very young.  I have some vague memories and I know she has told me of those moments we shared.
I found some old reading books of my sisters when I was very young.  They were old Dick and Jane books.

When I think about these old readers I must have been learning to read by age 4 to 5.  I have a soft spot in my heart for these old repetitive simplistic books.  I even bought my son Nick a reprint when he was learning to read.
When I was in elementary school my love of books increased.  I don’t remember a school library, but we did have regular visits from the Public Library Bookmobile.  Did you have one in your hometown growing up?  It was wonderful, I lived for those days at school.  Our class would line up, and only so many students at a time were allowed in the bookmobile which looked like a converted bus or motor home type vehicle. It smelled wonderful!! 
My reading quickly went from little girl and Judy Blume, to adult at about age 12-13, I read books my mom had laying around, I would buy books at the local 5 and 10 drug store, you know the ones with semi lewd mass market paperbacks.  I loved  The Catcher in the Rye, and Gone With the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, and so many more.  These books took me away… places unknown, and I loved it. 
These are some of my earliest reading memories, before college, and too many text books, and men, and the fun I had there.
What about you?  Do you have early favorites?  Did you have teen favorites too?  I’d love to hear. 

7 Responses to “The Love of Reading, My Early Years”

  1. Sandy Nawrot

    You sound like me. I read everything I could get my hands on. Total immersion in Judy Blume, V.C. Andrews, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and everything my mom had on her shelves, whether it was appropriate or not!

  2. Julia

    I think we all love books but some of use discover this passion at an old age.
    I am not a big fan of books, but since I found all you can books I’m a big fan of e books.
    Maybe that’s because I’m a computer freak, I don’t really know, but reading e books became my favorite hobby.

  3. Zibilee

    I have a funny story about my early reading days. I was always sort of precocious when it came to books and reading, and one time convinced my mother, who was not paying much attention to slip a paperback copy of an adult horror novel into the basket at the grocery store. I took it to school, and had it confiscated when the teacher found me reading between lessons. I was 7.

  4. Terra

    Both L and H are very familiar with these books, though L read them at 3 and H at 5/6 – Margaret Hiller has some books out in DIck and Jane style that rock for little readers too! Just love them!

  5. Karen Harrington

    I think Little Women was the first book that I really, really loved. I wasn’t much of a reader when I was young, but I find myself catching up on all those books you’ve mentioned. I read Catcher in the Rye and To Kill A Mockingbird as an adult. Pure joy!

  6. bermudaonion

    All of my schools had libraries and my elementary school had a particularly wonderful librarian – I was a library aide. My earliest memory of reading is sitting at the kitchen table reading to my mother while she cooked supper. She always acted so interested and excited about whatever I was reading to her.

  7. Jenners

    We never had a bookmobile but I always always wanted to go to one!! I too fell in love with reading from a young age. Those Dick and Jane books are probably worth some money!

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